Tech Awards Gala 2008

November 12, 2008

Watch Live on Wednesday, November 12th!

The Tech Awards: Technology Benefiting Humanity, presented by Applied Materials, Inc., is one of the premier annual humanitarian awards programs in the world, recognizing technical solutions that benefit humanity and address the most critical issues facing our planet and its people. Each year, the program honors 25 global innovators (Laureates) who are applying technology to benefit humanity in five universal categories: Education, Equality, Environment, Economic Development, and Health. Although The Tech Awards program is year-round, it culminates each November in a black-tie Gala event, where five of the 25 Laureates—one in each category—will receive a $50,000 cash prize.  The 2008 Gala is on November 12 at San Jose’s McEnery Convention Center.

In addition to the 25 Laureates, The Tech Awards also honors one individual each year with the James C. Morgan Global Humanitarian Award, sponsored by Applied Materials.  This individual must be someone whose broad vision and leadership are helping to address humanity’s greatest challenges.  The 2008 recipient of this award is 2006 Nobel Peace Prize winner and micro-lending pioneer, Muhammad Yunus.

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